Barbara Bayless Lacy was born in Wichita, Kansas and has lived most of her life in Arizona.  Lacy has a degree in Journalism from the University of Missouri but now focuses all of her creative energy toward painting.  Drawing on striking desert vistas and decades of living in the American Southwest, Lacy creates unforgettable works on canvas distinguished by brilliant and blazing color. Rough-hewn mountains and canyons, old mining towns, isolated missions and mesa-top pueblos come vibrantly to life through her bold, painterly brush strokes.

A juried artist based in Paradise Valley, Barbara  re-imagines Southwestern vistas and long-stored memories with clear, fresh colors.  A journalist and writer for many years, Barbara lived for a decade  with her family on the Navajo Indian Reservation, first in Tuba City and then  the Navajo capitol, Window Rock. Thus, her vivid, powerful paintings are drawn from her storehouse of memories of the reservation and  her wide-ranging travels throughout the West.

Barbara is represented by the Wild Holly Gallery (22 Easy Street, Carefree, Arizona – 480-595-8757). Her work, “A Padre’s  Legacy,” is one of 25 out of 327 chosen for the Arizona Centennial Exhibition  in the Arizona  House of Representatives. She is a juried member  of Arizona Artists’ Guild, has been juried into the Arizona Art Alliance and is a member of the Scottsdale Artists League.


2015: American Art Collector, Alcove Books, Berkeley, CA

2014:  American Art Collector, Alcove Books, Berkeley, CA

2013:  American Art Collector,, Alcove Books, Berkeley, CA

2012: American Art Collector, Alcove Books, Berkeley, CA

2009:  Paradise Valley Independent, Artist Interview

2007: Palms Over Piestewa Peak accepted into Vortex Student Anthology, Scottsdale Community College, Scottsdale, AZ


Juried member, Arizona Art Alliance,  and Arizona Artists Guild, Phoenix, AZ;  Scottsdale Artists League, Scottsdale, Arizona,  Arizona Professional Writers/National Federation of Press Women.


Scottsdale Community College, Scottsdale, Arizona

University of Missouri, B.J., Columbia, Missouri

Volunteer work

2011:  Ongoing: watercolor classes at LifeCare Center of Paradise Valley,  Phoenix, AZ

2010-2011:  Art assistant, Sonoran Science Academy, Phoenix, AZ